Steam Loco Safari Tours Photos and Report
Moravia - Malmesbury 17 June 2002
|Yawn... "Daddy, do we have to get up and chase a steam train
AGAIN? It's still night time!..." Fogbound Moravia at 8:00... Great.
It had been clear up the hill at Koringberg, so we decided to try
that instead. I took a foggy shot of 2916 hauling up the grade from
Moravia, before we navigated the detour through someone's vineyard
to get to Koringberg to back way! Leaving Koringberg, the sun was
just breaking through the fog. Those rare weather conditions with a
bit of cloud, fog and sun made for some brilliant shots. A stack of
runpasts were held, and the wet feet were well worth it. Some of the
shots, with 2916 and train with great steam effects, had a short
green wheatfield foreground and a backdrop of the Koringberg
mountain with a band of cloud halfway up, lovely...
A few grab shots between there and Moorreesburg, but it was still mostly foggy and cloudy. 2916 stopped for water at Moorreesburg, by which stage Christine and the kids had decided they'd seen enough fog and left for Cape Town. So again I hitched a ride in the JHB Gricemobile, this time with Warwick Falconer at the regulator.
There were a few gaps in the clouds which allowed a couple of sunny shots, including a runpast with Cassie's bakkie. We had to include his bakkie because it is as much a feature of these trips as the steam locos, and indeed the locos probably wouldn't run without him!
At Kanonkop, we opted for the service road this time, but the train was ahead of us. This meant we had to catch it and keep the car on the "road"... We were doing great (well Warwick was anyway), and it looked quite good so I switched on the video camera and "GriceCam" was born.
Check out the mpg clip... (35 sec 1.1Mb mpg)
Anyway, the 15F and train eluded us so we headed back to Malmesbury on the nearest tar road. We took a nice arrival shot of 2916 and the semaphores, with 15F 3135 waiting in the yard.
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